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May 8, 2009
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Minister Bertram Announces Funding for Community Projects

Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

Residents in Central Prince Edward Island will soon enjoy upgrades to four community facilities, thanks to funding from the Island Community Fund. The Honourable Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, spent yesterday morning traveling to the four facilities and meeting with community volunteers.

“Through the Island Community Fund, our government is helping communities across Prince Edward Island to build the local infrastructure they require and take advantage of new economic opportunities,” said Minister Bertram. “Communities are the foundation of our province and we are so proud to support their infrastructure needs.”

The Minister’s first stop was at the Emerald Community Centre, where the Province is assisting in the purchase of a new video surveillance system. The main goal of the project is to provide a layer of security for the community centre and the volunteers that operate it. Minister Bertram was joined by Nyall Lambe, member of Emerald Community Centre Board of Directors, to discuss the project. The Minister then travelled to Breadalbane.

At the Breadalbane Community Hall Minister Bertram was joined by municipal representatives Dawna MacLeod and Martin Longuepee. The Province will provide funding to assist in renovations to the Breadalbane Community Hall, which also includes a CAP site, library, and houses many youth programs. The interior work will include replacing the water-damaged ceiling, construction of a small secure office, adding hand rails, installing new flooring and kitchen fixtures. Outside, the project will include replacing an exterior door, installing a security alarm system, paving the walkway and constructing a wheelchair accessible entrance.

“This project will make the Community Hall more wheelchair accessible, increase energy efficiency and improve the environmental and financial sustainability of this important community infrastructure,” said Minister Bertram.

From Breadalbane, Minister Bertram went to the Hunter River Lions Club, where renovations will be taking place this summer. Lion Club member, Des Nantes, explained that the project includes an extension to the facility in order to provide two wheel-chair accessible washrooms.

“These renovations are important for the facility, which is used to host many events such as community meetings, socials and fundraisers,” said Minister Bertram.

The final stop was the Cymbria Lions Club, where an Emergency Relief Project will take place next month. The project includes the construction of a building to house an existing generator, which will be installed with a transfer switch. Lions Club members Denis Gallant, Jacques Gaudreau and Alyre Pineau met with Minister Bertram.

“The Provincial investment of $27.5 million through the Island Community Fund reflects our commitment to build a stronger future that supports our One Island Community,” said Minister Bertram. “I want to thank the community volunteers for their dedication and effort in making these projects happen.”

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Media Contact: Autumn Tremere
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